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CLICK HERE for a Report on the 

2013 Natural Building Conference and AGM 


CLICK HERE for lots of PHOTOS of the 2013 and 2014 conferences and AGM's!

The Ontario Natural Building Coalition is a proud member of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.


The Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Annual Ontario Natural Building Tour


Natural building construction uses locally obtained and renewable materials, to produce homes and buildings that are visually unique and healthy to live in, while striving to keep energy consumption and its’ associated emissions as low as possible. As a way of promoting natural building, the Ontario Natural Building Coalition coordinates an annual Natural Homes Tour on the first Sunday of October each year. This year our tour took place on Sunday October 2. For this tour, thirty-three natural homes and buildings across Ontario opened their doors to hundreds of participants to see examples of straw bale, rammed earth, cob, timber frame, off grid, passive solar, and many other natural building methods and alternative technologies. Watch our website next fall for details on our 2017 tour.


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Another Fabulous Conference!

The 2016 Ontario Natural Building Coalition's 

Natural Building Conference & AGM 2016

was held on April 2 and 3, 2016, at Camp Kawartha, near Lakefield.


The weekend included lots of exciting presentations:
  • Chris Magwood and meeting the low-carbon challenge with natural building
  • Jordan Hoogendam and Greg Leskien explored the relationship between enclosure design decisions and mechanical systems selection
  • Three owner-builders told their building stories; what worked, what didn't
  • A panel on the building code and natural building included Chris Magwood, Tim Krahn, Jordan Hoogendam and Jeff Chalmers
  • Architectural Design with Ingrid Cryns
  • Liz Johndrow told of her experiences helping Nicaraguan people preserve their traditional building styles
  • Andrew Hellebust on innovative systems for rainwater, grey water and septic
  • Networking, great food and drink, and musical jams! 
 


2016 CONFERENCE SPONSORS:


  



                              
         www.zonengineering.com             


                     www.livingsol.com


More photos of the 2016 conference here.


Click here for photos of the 2015 conference.


Click here for an article and photos of the 2014 conference.


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Visit our Natural Building Gallery to see houses built out of straw, wood & earth!



A Natural Home Tours Thank You


Over the years, many homes and buildings have participated in our Natural Building Annual tour.


Many of the homes that have been featured were models of innovation and energy efficiency and featured living roofs, natural clay wall finishes, rainwater catchment systems, grey water systems, composting toilets, while others incorporated solar and wind electrical systems, high efficiency wood burning appliances, solar domestic hot water systems, as well as a variety of other interesting green technologies.


The Ontario Natural Building Coalition would like to thank all the volunteer homeowners who have over the years graciously opened their doors and welcomed tour-goers. The annual tour would not be possible without them!



Click here for an article about one of the homes on our recent tour.

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